ERIC Number: ED359625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Tuition Tax Credits and Vouchers: Political Finance Alternatives Rather than Rational Alternatives to Education Finance.
Thomas, Robert G.
This paper describes the use of tuition tax credits and vouchers as political alternatives of choice and competition in a progressive society. School and public administration theorists identify two distinct finance models: the rational and the political. The first part of this paper examines and describes these two models. The next part highlights characteristics and possible outcomes of tuition tax credits and vouchers. Finally, the impact of parental choice and competition on three American values--social cohesion, separation of church and state, and equity--are discussed. A conclusion is that tuition tax credits and vouchers may encourage social stratification, cause new problems in church/state separation, and segregate the schools along racial lines. Two figures are included. (Contains 18 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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